Moving Forward Together - August 7, 2014

August 7, 2014


IHLS Members Asked to Comment on the Proposed Library System Rules and Standards Changes by August 18th!

Please share your input! Illinois State Library staff members have completed a draft revision of the administrative rules and standards for Illinois library systems. That draft will be available for comment until Monday, August 18. Go to the Illinois Library System Administrative Rules and Standards blog at:
This revision is of major significance and will guide the direction of system services and development for the foreseeable future. This document also includes the newly revised ILLINET Interlibrary Loan Code, which impacts all agencies involved in resource sharing.
System Standards Conversations: As a system, we would like to provide opportunities that would facilitate the consideration and discussion of these documents among the membership. To that end, we have scheduled System Standards Conversation during the week of August 11-15 throughout the system.
Please note that the Illinois State Library is seeking input from all libraries on this matter, regardless of size or type. Please take a moment to read the documentation, jot down some thoughts and join us for a conversation!

  • Tuesday, August 12 @ 9:30 - IHLS Du Quoin
  • Tuesday, August 12 @ 2:00 - IHLS Edwardsville
  • Wednesday, August 13 @ 10:00 - Decatur Public Library
  • Wednesday, August 13 @ 2:00 - IHLS Champaign
  • Thursday, August 14 @ 9:30 - Adobe Connect
  • Wednesday, August 14 @ 2:00 - Adobe Connect
  • Friday, August 15 @ 9:30 - Adobe Connect 

Registration for all of these events is available on L2 (
If you are not able to join us, please don’t forget to read the documents and share comments on the blog.

IHLS Directors’ Chat Archive

IHLS would like to thank all members that attended the first IHLS Directors’ Chat yesterday. We hope you found the discussion valuable and we look forward to the next chat on Wednesday, September 3, 2014.
The IHLS Directors' Chat is a chance for IHLS library directors to chat with each other in real time about whatever questions, ideas or information they may want to share. IHLS staff will set up the chat and monitor, and will be available, but will not be directing the chat.
If you missed the Directors’ Chat, an archive of the session has been posted on the IHLS Website.


It is that time of year when libraries begin to collect their data for the ILLINET ILL survey. To help IHLS member libraries, instructions on how to gather this information from Polaris and OCLC has been developed. It can be found on the IHLS website by clicking on the IHLS Members tab, selecting Resource Sharing and on the right side of the page select the last item ISL ILLINET ILL Survey.
In the first part of the document is a link to finding the statistics in OCLC. The second part of the document gives instructions on generating the statistics in SHARE/Polaris. The direct link to these instructions is here.
Any questions on these instructions contact Bev Obert, Resource Sharing Specialist ( | 217-352-0047 ext. 713).

Member Spotlight - Call for Submissions

Does your library have news you would like to share with other IHLS members? If you have a news item you would like to include in an upcoming newsletter, please email Julia Pernicka, Communications Assistant ( | 618.656.3216 ext. 442). Photos are welcome! Items for submission can include, but are not limited to:

  • Highlighting a Past Successful Program or Event
  • Invitations to an Open House
  • Retirement News
  • Completed Renovations (Photos!)
  • Kudos on a Job Well Done 

Early Bird Deadline: 2014 ILA Annual Conference

October 14-16, 2014 | Prairie Capital Convention Center, Springfield
The 2014 ILA Annual Conference returns to Springfield. This year’s conference theme, Kickstarting Connections, Creativity, Community, focuses on how libraries align ideas, passion, and commitment to cultivate connections and create imaginative approaches, methods, and/or library services across Illinois communities. Become catalysts for the larger world and kickstart strategies to connect and create Illinois library services for communities large and small.
Kickstart your savings by registering by the August 25 Early Bird deadline. Not an ILA Member? Join when you register and save throughout the year. For more information and/or to register, go to:

Public Library Per Capita and EDGE Assessment Training - August 21

On August 21, 2014, at 10:00 a.m., the Illinois State Library will present a workshop on the Public Library Per Capita Grant application and the EDGE Assessment. The workshop will be held in person at the IHLS Edwardsville office and via videoconference at the IHLS offices in Champaign and Du Quoin, as well as the Illinois State Library and the Decatur Public Library.
FY2015 Public Library Per Capita and Equalization Aid Grant requirements state that Illinois public libraries must have at least one staff member attend an instructional course. The technology component requires at least one library staff member and one board member to attend an informational webinar or in-person session about the Edge Initiative. Public libraries applying for the FY2015 Per Capita Grant can satisfy both requirements by participating in this training session.
Please register in L2 to attend in person at the IHLS Edwardsville location or at one of the VTEL locations:
If you cannot attend on August 21, there is one session remaining for Friday, August 15, at the Illinois State Library.
If you have any questions, contact, or

Upcoming Free Webinars

More webinars can be found at:

Internet Librarian Conference Discount

ILLINET member libraries are eligible to receive a discount from the Illinois State Library to attend the Internet Librarian 2014 Conference in Monterey, California, from October 27-29.
For more information on the program, hotel information, and an exhibitor list, see:
To receive a registration form with special discounted ILLINET member pricing, contact Jill Heffernan at or 217.557.7259. To obtain the discount, registration forms must be returned to Jill by September 12, 2014.

Grants, Awards & Scholarships

For more grant opportunities, check out LibraryWorks or the Library Grants Blog.

In the News

Check out recent media posts on libraries and librarians.

In case you missed it...Moving Forward Together – August 1, 2014

E-News from the Illinois State Library

The August 1, 2014, 2014, issue of the E-News from the ISL includes:

  • Congratulations, Tom Huber, on being promoted to the Literacy Department!
  • Jesse White awards more than $1.5 Million in Talking Book Center Grants
  • Jesse White awards more than $364,000 in Radio Information Service Grants
  • Delivery Advisory Committee’s Final REPORT AND RECOMMENDATIONS
  • OCLC Fee for FY15
  • On The Front Lines 2014 Conference, August 4-6, 2014
  • The First Public Library Per Capita Grant Application Has Been Received
  • Illinois History - Digital Imaging Grant Offering - Applications Due October 1, 2014
  • Save the Date! Upcoming Webinar about the ISL “Illinois History - Digital Imaging” Grant Offering - Scheduled September 3, 2014
  • Digital Imaging Grant Reviewers Needed - Apply by September 1, 2014
  • Call for Nominations: 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service
  • Library System Proposed Rules and Standards Changes for Your Input
  • Internet Librarian Conference Discount
  • Free U.S. Currency Reader Available to Talking Book Patrons Beginning in September
  • Live & Learn Construction Grant Review Committee Members Needed
  • Public Library Per Capita and EDGE Assessment Training Sessions Available
  • We Hope to Hear from All ISL Continuing Education (CE) Program Alumni
  • Free access to library-specific courses through WebJunction
  • Free Webinars offered by WebJunction
  • Stories from Illinois Libraries 

ILA E-Newsletter

The August 5, 2014, issue of the ILA E-Newsletter includes:

  • Join ILA’s Team for 2014-2015
  • Get Ready for Banned Books Week 2014!
  • 2014 ILA Award Winners Announced!
  • Job Opportunites
  • In the News 

I Love Libraries Newsletter

The August 1, 2014, issue of the newsletter includes:

  • Sign the Declaration for the Right to Libraries!
  • B.J. Novak goes the extra mile for libraries
  • Michelle Luhtala speaks about the positive impact of winning the 2011 I Love My Librarian Award
  • Around the World: 14 beautiful libraries
  • 9,000 Libraries, 9,000 Mohawks’ - Could Vista’s Librarian Mohawk Challenge become a dare?
  • Digital Library of the Week 

AL Direct

The July 30, 2014, issue of the AL Direct newsletter includes:

  • ALA News
  • Division News
  • Awards & Grants
  • Libraries in the News
  • Issues
  • Tech Talk
  • E-Content
  • Books & Reading
  • Tips & Ideas


Upcoming Events in Library Learning

Register in L2:
Friday, August 8, 2014

  • SHARE Chat (IT), Adobe Connect
  • RFS Committee Meeting, VTEL
  • eRead Illinois: Baker & Taylor Axis 360 Training, Canton Union SD #66

Monday, August 11, 2014

  • eRead Illinois: Baker & Taylor Axis 360 Administrative Site Training, Fuze
  • eRead Illinois: Basic 3M Cloud Library Demo, Adobe Connect

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

  • SHARE Catalogers Training Session, Adobe Connect
  • System Standards Conversion, IHLS Du Quoin
  • eRead Illinois: Baker & Taylor Axis 360 Training, Pecatonica PL
  • System Standards Conversion, IHLS Edwardsville
  • SHARE Chat (eResources), Adobe Connect
  • eRead Illinois Axis 360 Petting Zoo and FAQ, Pecatonica PL

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

  • Searching and Matching, Columbia PL
  • System Standards Conversion, Decatur PL
  • Barcoding in Polaris, Columbia PL
  • System Standards Conversion, IHLS Champaign

Thursday, August 14, 2014

  • System Standards Conversion, Adobe Connect
  • eRead Illinois Advisory Committee Meeting, VTEL
  • System Standards Conversion, Adobe Connect

Friday, August 15, 2014

  • eRead Illinois: Using your 3M Shopping Cart, Adobe Connect
  • System Standards Conversion, Adobe Connect
  • Public Library Per Capita and EDGE Assessment Training, VTEL
  • SHARE Chat (Cataloging), Adobe Connect

Monday, August 18, 2014

  • eRead Illinois: Baker & Taylor Axis 360 Training, Henderson County PLD

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

  • Cataloging in Connexion Workday, IHLS Edwardsville
  • SHARE Chat (Open Forum), Adobe Connect

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

  • SHARE Reports (includes SimplyReports), IHLS Edwardsville
  • SHARE Serials for Polaris, IHLS Edwardsville
  • eRead Axis 360 Scoping Overview, Fuze

Thursday, August 21, 2014

  • Public Library Per Capita and EDGE Assessment Training, VTEL
  • eRead Illinois: IHLS Tech Petting Zoo, Oakwood PLD
  • Friday, August 22, 2014
  • SHARE Chat (Serials & Cataloging), Adobe Connect
  • SHARE Bibliographic and Cataloging Standards Committee, VTEL
  • K-6 Library Media Assistants Beginning of Year Meeting, Decatur Schools

Leslie M. Bednar
Executive Director

If you would like something to appear in the next newsletter, please contact Julia Pernicka, Communications Assistant ( | 618-656.3216 x 442).